Category Archives: Tips for life

Korean National Cuisine

Author: Mr. Sanzhar Kerimbek

The main feature of Korean cuisine is that it is extremely spicy. Almost any Korean meal will be or just a spicy or very spicy, but you are going to get used to it and eventually cannot imagine your meal without these spicy side dishes. The most interesting thing is that red pepper was in Korean cuisine only in the XVII century, but now it is very difficult to find any traditional Korean meal without this ingredient, which can be added to many dishes just in unimaginable quantities.


Use of Korean Bus Services

Author: Mr. Sanzhar Kerimbek

Those who come to Korea for a short period of time, may want to see all interesting spots of Korean capital once and quickly. The easiest way to do this using the bus tour – Seoul city bus tour.

These tourist buses ply in many tourist cities around the world, and Seoul is no exception. Its convenience is that you can buy a ticket for one of the routes (which are usually circular) and in 2 or 3 hours you can see all the main attractions of the city. The ticket is valid for a whole day, so it is possible to reach a definite stop – to see one or the other point of interest more closely, and then take another tour bus and continue the trip without buying a new ticket.



Author: Mr. Wajahat Tahir

Success is half achieved when one starts believing that it is possible to achieve it. When one keeps on reminding himself that he can do something, even if he lacks the skills initially, he will surely acquire them one day to achieve his aims. One the other hand, if one keeps thinking that something is not achievable by him, he will never ever achieve it even if he has the skills and talent to do it. So, optimism-also positive thinking-is a conscious selective focus on the good. Since every delight and satisfaction in the world exists alongside pain and loss, optimism is a tool that lets a person maintain confidence of a person that everything will get fine with time, a hope that lets him hold on and a perseverance that keeps him trying despite the adversity of circumstances unless everything turns out the way aimed by him.


My life in Korea!

Author: Mr. Muhammad Hassan

I am an international student living in Korea for over 5 months now let me say that I have enjoyed every micro-second of being in Korea. It has been a memorable experience, not only in terms of getting to see many new places but also to meet different people all around the world and experience life so what we called “out of the comfort zone” as well.

To be honest, before coming here, I had my own preconceived notion about the country. I had my fears thinking how would be the place like and the people. I even checked the places on the Google map but I could not relate. But after I got here, it was quite an amaze for my eyes. Such a clean city, humble and warm people, cities full of colors and lights. Well-managed transportation — subway, buses and taxi and use of NO horns. What bothered during my first one month was the smell of the food (mostly all food) and of course, the language barrier.


Solving KAIST’s International Food Crisis

Author: Mr. Wisal Abdullah

Amongst other cultural disparities that international students get to experience during their stay at KAIST, Korean food is the one that outshines them all. Ranging from the sizzling Samgeopsal, staple appetizer Kimchi , the Soft Tofu Stew, Tteokbokki  to the instant noodles Ramyeon, Korean food, as diverse as it is, is still isn’t much like any food that an average international gets to eat at his/her home. This difference of tastes coupled with religious and culinary beliefs of many internationals (Vegetarians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists etc) and the amount of food expenses (3500 Won/meal) at Kaimaru in a limited monthly student scholarship makes the issue of provision of nutritious, affordable and belief-appropriate food an immediate concern.


General tips & Message from Seniors (2014)

Tags : Tips for life

  • I think people who opt to come to Korea to study should have the right expectations. They should know that people in Korea generally do not converse well in English. Therefore I think it is quite reasonable for them to be prepared to learn Korean before deciding to come here.
  • The steep learning curve for most of the freshmen courses is intimidating. Foreigners should accept that Koreans who got selected for KAIST have a very sound mathematical and science background. They can console themselves by knowing that major courses have a much more level playing field.
  • The culture of drinking. Although the saying ‘do what the romans do’ can be a helpful advice when living in a foreign land, I think people who have faith, beliefs or principles that restrict drinking should continue to abide by their restriction. No culture can ever replace faith, beliefs or principles. Try to be moderate in whatever you do.
  • Do not be shy to ask professors and TA’s for help if you have any questions. But keep in mind that professors are really busy, so time is very precious to them.
  • For studying Korean, I do not recommend just learning everything from the textbook because most of them just teach you a mechanical, boring Korean. Instead, you can learn by watching dramas and speaking to your Korean friends.
  • Be yourself. Never give in to peer pressure. And if you’re one of the geniuses who get very high GPA, please do not pressure your peers by showing off your high GPA.
  • You should suppress your urge to take too many credits. I recommend having the first year focused on extracurricular activities and learning Korean.
  • Health care is well provided.
  • Classes differ, some are amazing, some are demanding and confusing.
  • Have things planned out. Never cram. Prepare for sleep deprivation.
  • Take social classes to ease out the schedule. Less Facebook. More exercise. Save time on things you don’t really need to do for sleep and health care.
  • GPA, for most, will be disappointing in comparison with high school records, but with time you’ll get used to it and figure out the courses that you should take and the amount of workload you can handle to yield best results. Freshmen won’t see peer pressure too often. But it does get more and more common once you join major classes. Find a buddy who isn’t too competitive in the class.
  • There are shows and musical performances all year round. Clubs for international students aren’t that plentiful but I would recommend KISA and The KAIST Herald. For other clubs, it’s best if you are at least at Korean Intermediate II when you join. Korean students are not very fond of speaking English.
  • My challenge was English lectures, because I had never used English before I came to Korea. So I ended up reading the textbooks on my own after the classes.
  • Make friends with your classmates, both international and Korean.
  • For freshman year, TA’s are usually helpful, but later on, most of TAs don’t help you a lot.
  • Don’t be stressed. Everything is going to be fine. Studying is not everything in your life ;)
  • You should not take the pressure from your friends. Just try to learn the material to be master at your field.
  • If possible, you should attend a club: you can get to know more friends.
  • Do not skip meals and do not think about the strange taste or smell! The main objective behind eating is to get energy to fulfill the task for which you are here!
  • For each and every class try to do some self-study in advance, especially for basic courses like calculus, physics and chemistry for a start! Ask TA’s all the doubts that you have!
  • Try to study Korean all the time that you get free from your work.
  • Be consistent in working every single day of the semester. Work hard so that you don’t blame yourself later on and improve on the areas where you went wrong!
  • Do not listen to other students’ comments about how difficult it is to get high GPA! You should work hard and study for yourself! Results will follow! Try to make yourself active in sports and club activities which divert your attention from the day to day peer pressure.


Halal Food in Daejeon (For Students of the Islamic Faith)

Author: Hilola Hakimova

One of the biggest problems for Muslim students in Korea, I think, is finding halal food. There are very few places in Daejeon where you can have halal food and most of them being off campus. In this article I will introduce you to some places where you can find halal food.
Close to KAIST, in Gundong street there are several places where you can find halal meal. First of all there are two restaurants: ‘Taj Mahal’ and ‘Alibaba’s Treasure’ which serve halal food.

Alibaba’s Treasure
Alibaba’s Treasure is a restaurant of Middle Eastern Cuisine. It’s a nice mix of Northern African and Middle Eastern cuisine at reasonable prices.
They are open Monday – Thursday 6pm-11pm
Friday and Saturday 6pm -12 am
HERE you can check their menu and prices